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#5506975 - 12/29/14 05:49 PM 243 bullets
Sirrah243 Offline
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I have been loading 243 win for a few years now. I started out using Sierra 100 SP and they performed well the first couple of year and then I noticed that the exit wounds on deer where small and left very little blood to trail.The only thing I can figure is that Sierra started producing bullets with harder lead. I don't know the reason but they just didn't perform the same. I was fortunate because all the deer fell within 20 yards of where they were shot. But still I didn't want to leave anything to chance so I did some research and decided to switch to Sierra 85 gr BTHP. They had a good reputation for performance from what I had read.

My wife shot a fairly large buck this weekend and there was no blood trail at all. she made a good shot right behind the left shoulder exiting through the right shoulder and the entrance and exit were the same size. Luckily, like the other he ran about 20 yards and fell.

I think I'm going to switch to Hornady.
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#5506981 - 12/29/14 05:52 PM Re: 243 bullets [Re: Sirrah243]
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What rifle and twist rate do you have?

walter

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#5507079 - 12/29/14 06:34 PM Re: 243 bullets [Re: Sirrah243]
kmon1 Offline
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In a 243 the Nosler Partition is hard to beat 65+ years and it is still the standard that premium bullets are compared to for a reason. Want to go higher tech get some Nosler Accubonds.
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#5507106 - 12/29/14 06:41 PM Re: 243 bullets [Re: Sirrah243]
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Heck, if the deer are not running more than 20 yards, I'd say the bullets are working just fine. I've killed lots of pigs with Sierra's 85gr BTHP.

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#5507372 - 12/29/14 08:11 PM Re: 243 bullets [Re: Rcinit]
Deans Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
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Might give the 95gr Nosler BT a try.
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#5508002 - 12/30/14 06:44 AM Re: 243 bullets [Re: Sirrah243]
Sirrah243 Offline
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wburke I'm shooting a Rem 700 1 in 9 and a Rem 600 mohawk and I believe it's 1 in 10
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#5508006 - 12/30/14 06:50 AM Re: 243 bullets [Re: Sirrah243]
dee Offline
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I run 90gr Accubonds in a 600 Mohawk. Haven't shot much besides pigs and didn't care to dig too deep in the performance besides it exited the other side of the head.
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#5508374 - 12/30/14 10:14 AM Re: 243 bullets [Re: Sirrah243]
Sirrah243 Offline
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How do you like that 600? I've really come to like mine.
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#5508416 - 12/30/14 10:42 AM Re: 243 bullets [Re: Sirrah243]
dee Offline
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One of my favorites and will never leave the family.
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#5508445 - 12/30/14 10:57 AM Re: 243 bullets [Re: Sirrah243]
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I would get some 90 grain bergers and give those a try, but like said above if they are dying in 20 yards I wouldn't change a thing...

Walter

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#5508897 - 12/30/14 02:58 PM Re: 243 bullets [Re: Rcinit]
ckat Offline
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Originally Posted By: Rcinit
Heck, if the deer are not running more than 20 yards, I'd say the bullets are working just fine. I've killed lots of pigs with Sierra's 85gr BTHP.


^^^This. I have had great luck with the 85gr GameKings in my 6x45 on deer and pigs. I use the 95gr Nosler BTs and 100gr Sierra ProHunters in my 243, also with great results.

I like a good blood trail as much as anyone; but if an animal goes 20 yards or less before dying, it is really a non-issue... The bullet has done its job.

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#5508906 - 12/30/14 03:02 PM Re: 243 bullets [Re: Sirrah243]
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Registered: 03/10/09
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I always figured the chest cavity had to fill with blood to the level of the hole before it would run out. I don't think it would fill in 20 yds.
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#5509211 - 12/30/14 05:46 PM Re: 243 bullets [Re: Sirrah243]
Sirrah243 Offline
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I've been lucky so far because they have all been found within 20 yards but a less than perfect shot and I might not be so fortunate. I believe that a hollow point should expand and create an exit that is larger than the entrance.


Edited by Sirrah243 (12/30/14 05:49 PM)
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#5509280 - 12/30/14 06:09 PM Re: 243 bullets [Re: Sirrah243]
postoak Offline
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Registered: 08/19/09
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Loc: The Woodlands, Tx
Originally Posted By: Sirrah243
I've been lucky so far because they have all been found within 20 yards but a less than perfect shot and I might not be so fortunate. I believe that a hollow point should expand and create an exit that is larger than the entrance.


I think you are right. It might be interesting to write Sierra and see what they think is going on.
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#5509306 - 12/30/14 06:16 PM Re: 243 bullets [Re: Sirrah243]
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Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 41084
Loc: Metroplex
80gr TTSX.

I stopped using GK after I had one blow up on impact.

80gr TTSX is the perfect pill of the speed of the 243

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